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Labor's new workplace laws hurting jobs and business.

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Margaret May MP Michael Keenan MP

Federal Member for McPherson Federal Member for Stirling Shadow Minister for Ageing Shadow Minister for Employment & Workplace Relations

6 August 2009


At a small business round table today local Federal Member for McPherson, Margaret May MP and Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Michael Keenan MP, heard how Labor’s industrial relations laws are hurting jobs and stifling enterprise.

“Today we have heard first hand how local businesses in Currumbin and surrounding areas on the southern Gold Coast have already lost confidence in Labor’s new laws, said Mr. Keenan.

“We have heard what we always feared, a return to the old days of paying “go away” money for unfair dismissal claims, higher labor costs for small business and the spectre of Labor’s one size fits all system.”

Federal MP Margaret May said “These news laws are sapping confidence from local business to grow, prosper and employ.

“Today we have heard from local business owners directly how business costs will increase by at least 25%. More regulation and more red tape are all bogging down enterprise and stopping people from getting on with the job.

“There is no doubt that the road to economic recovery will be harder as a result of Labor’s new system.

“Right now we should be doing everything to encourage business to create and keep people in jobs. Labor’s laws do the exactly the opposite” said Mrs May.


Media Enquiries:

Mrs May: Damian Marwood 0429 493 296 Mr Keenan: Shaun Schmitke 0439 025 379